Tuesday, October 13, 2009

it's all about the horses



it seems like a few people were rather surprised by the "preparing the house for sale" post yesterday, so i thought i'd explain. a number of months ago, husband and i began talking about what we could do to change the way we live...to live closer to nature, to eat more locally, to have a bigger garden, to generally behave towards the planet in a kinder, gentler manner. in this connection, we began imagining buying a big farm place with enough space for at least one other family and we even did some of our thinking through writing over here.

well, things have progressed faster than i imagined. we were serious about this from the beginning, but in my mind, it was several years away. but then we began to ask ourselves why it should be. why wait? and we started to look at places with potential. places which have room for a big garden and room for a horse (or two). and we found out that they're out there and they're even affordable. and although we don't have the bit sorted out about sharing it with another family, the possibilities are there.

so, since we have to sell our house before we can buy one (or that's what we should do anyway, to be prudent), we've decided to put it up for sale and see what happens. right now, in our area, houses are taking an average of seven months to sell, so it's likely that this sale isn't just around the corner. which is actually quite all right with me, because i love this house and all we've done to it and i love my blue room (which will be recreated in some even more fabulous form at the new house) and to be honest, i haven't really had enough time with it yet.

but sometimes, you have to follow your instincts and your heart. and it feels right to move in this direction. i grew up with horses and sabin began riding back in february (you can see lots of pictures of that here). she's a natural talent and i want her to have a horse too. of course, you can have a horse and board it at stable, but that's not what we want. we want our own place with our own horse(s).  and maybe a few chickens so we can have eggs. and a big garden. and maybe a little café/craft shop, where you can have a coffee and learn to make a quilt or take an art journal course or buy some really special fabric that's not easy to get other places (see, B, we are thinking along the same lines).

and because writing is the new praying, it seems to all be happening...but i do think i'll schedule a couple more blog camp dates so we take full advantage of the blue room before it's gone, at least in its current incarnation, so do stay tuned for that announcement in the near future...

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just another note to clear up some confusion...we live in denmark. i work in norway. and husband is half-swedish. :-) does that make things any clearer?

15 comments:

Just Jules said...

got it, got it, good.

ok, much clearer. I guess I already knew the last line stuff though ;)

Maggie May said...

yay! follow your dreams

Char said...

somewhere nordic, doing something shipping and selling very brilliant home to buy a farm. check!

:) I think I follow

The Redhead Riter said...

"we live in denmark. i work in norway. and husband is half-swedish. :-) does that make things any clearer?"

LOL clear as mud!

It is wonderful that you get to move to follow your heart. I'm sure you will make the new place look just smashing as well.

Shokoofeh said...

Haha the last sentence was awesome! I was just thinking about those questions ! :) thanks!

I wish I could be a part of your blog camps...

Oh and I think the whole idea of changing your life style is fabulous! wish you luck and happiness.

:)

oh and one another question! where are you from?! :)) sorry! :p

Love
xo

Elizabeth said...

Don't think it will take that long to sell such a beautiful house. So be prepared.

Writing is the new way of praying. Just love that sentence.

Protege said...

Living out in the country is my dream as well, I always hoped I would marry a farmer.;)
How can you work in Norway? That is impossible if you live in Denmark, or?
xo

Sammi said...

Gosh your life is confusing.

It is a fabulous idea, I hope it works out for you.

Polly said...

I am familiar with the house sale story but am still shocked how quickly it's progressing... but I agree that it sounds like a great plan. Good luck with the sale/purchase, I think a (work)shop sounds lovely.

And an idea of another gathering in the blue room sounds wonderful. And very, very tempting. If I had a blue room like yours (or any room for that matter) we would have a London Blog Camp next but...

Ju said...

Will be great. I'm definitely turning up at that café once is up and running.
I think you forgot to say that you're American as well, just to add to the multicultural list. :)

B said...

Julie, I would totally come and live in your farm and manage that shop/coffee shop/arts centre! I've been thinking about it for a long time and now I've started writing down ideas and everything! Who knows? :)

Sandra said...

Good luck to you. It's a big step.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

if it feels right...then you gotta do it! good luck!

Christina said...

I love this, you know I do. I wish you luck, with it all. I also wish to sit in the blue room, before you sell. Sneaky me! : )
xo

Bee said...

The bit about the craft shop sounds great. Can you take the blue room with you?